Fight Human Trafficking - Thailand
Organized by: Jacob Floyd
severe and lucrative criminal enterprises around the world. Thailand is a hotspot for this activity and that is why a group of students at the University of Maryland have dedicated their careers and education to the lifelong mission of ending this modern day slavery. Gabriela has pined for the ability to make a difference in this field. She has dedicated her college career to becoming more educated on human trafficking and its signs. She has interned and continues to advocate for the Safe Haven Campaign, Interfaith Alliance to Abolish Human Trafficking where she was trained to educate others about this tragedy. Now embarking onto her senior of college, she hopes to continue on to law school in efforts to become a legal advocate for the victims of human trafficking. Her passion for the advocacy of such victims was sparked by a professor at the University of Maryland, who presented a course on Human Trafficking, known as "Slavery in the 21st Century." Since taking that course, Gabriela has sought mentorship as well as the opportunity to gain field experience in the fight against human trafficking. This opportunity is now being presented to her in a program called, "Thailand: Human Trafficking in Context." On this trip she and a group of students from the University of Maryland will visit the cities of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai. There they will conduct volunteer work at the Development and Education Programme for Daughter and Communities Centre in the Greater Mekong Subregion (DEPDC/GMS), a non-government organization that works to prevent and protect children and youth from being trafficked into exploitive labor conditions. This work will give Gabriela an exposure and understanding of human trafficking that is not possible in the United States.